Sonny Tufts
Actor, opera singer
Sonny Tufts
Sonny Tufts was a United States film actor. Tufts was born into a prominent banking family, whose patriarch had supposedly sailed to America from England in 1638. He broke with the family banking tradition by studying opera at Yale, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.
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Today in Theatre History: JULY 16 - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol star. Today's Birthdays: George F. Marion 1860. Barbara Stanwyck 1907. Ginger Rogers 1911. Sonny Tufts 1911. Barnard Hughes 1915. Barbara Matera 1929. Corin Redgrave 1939. Ruben Blades 1948
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The making of The Godfather - The Week Magazine
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Various agents proposed everyone from Sonny Tufts to Anthony Quinn to play Vito Corleone. As weeks of indecision rolled by, it became clear that the company had been immobilized by the dazzling worldwide success of the novel
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John Berry, 82, Stage and Film Director Who Exiled Himself During Blacklisting of 1950's
NYTimes - about 17 years
John Berry, a stage and movie director, writer and actor who made more than 50 films and, entangled in the blacklist, exiled himself from Hollywood during the anti-Communist inquests of the 1950's, died on Monday at his home in Paris. He was 82. Long drawn to the dramatic conflicts of South Africa, Mr. Berry had just finished editing his latest
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; American Dreamers
NYTimes - over 30 years
SUCCESS STORIES. By Russell Banks. 183 pages. Harper & Row. $15.95. In his last book, ''Continental Drift,'' Russell Banks created a visionary epic about innocence and guilt, and in doing so, he also set down a shattering portrait of contemporary American society. His story of one man's doomed attempts to reinvent his life became a dark mirror of
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Books Of The Times
NYTimes - about 35 years
By Anatole Broyard DOWN AND OUT IN CAMBRIDGE. By Douglas Fairbairn. 300 pages. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. $14.95. AUTOBIOGRAPHIES used to be about successes, and now they're often about failures, which may be more interesting. Our fiction has so accustomed us to failure that we feel almost uneasy reading about success, as if it were the pursuit of
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Red Smith; Thespian Quarterback
NYTimes - almost 36 years
TERRY BRADSHAW, it says here, will be back in pads throwing passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers when the 1981 professional football season opens. This is the opinion of a self-appointed television critic. Bradshaw is the celebrated skinhead who, as the vicar of Chuck Noll on the field, was the catalyst on the team that dominated the National
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    FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 58
    Tufts died of pneumonia at age 58 in Santa Monica, California, on June 4, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Years after Tuft's death, during the 1980s, he became known as one of the semi-random people and places that TV host Johnny Carson used in his jokes on The Tonight Show.
  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 49
    Also, Tufts is mentioned in the last sentence of the third sketch of the 48th show of the second season of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (also featuring Wailing Whale episodes 5 & 6), which was first aired on May 13, 1961.
    More Details Hide Details In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rob sees a flying saucer that makes a noise "Uhny Uftz", which Rob mis-hears as "Sonny Tufts" In an episode of My Mother the Car titled "And Leave The Drive-In To Us," Mother wants to go to a drive-in to see Sonny Tufts for her birthday. Tufts himself makes an appearance at the very end of the episode, much to Mother's appreciation, and causing her radiator cap to pop! In the November 26, 1966 episode of The Monkees, "I've Got a Litle Song Here", Mickey Dolenz, posing as a Hollywood studio head, says he's making a blockbuster movie, starring, "... Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, and Sonny Tufts." To which the other person exclaims incredulously, "Sonny T---?? What a production!". Tufts is the subject of an urban legend. The legend holds that he had been selected to host a well-known radio show as a last-minute replacement for a better known celebrity. The week before Tufts's episode was scheduled, the previous host introduced him with a combination of surprise and outrage, shocked that a relatively unknown actor would succeed him as host. There is no evidence, however, that such an incident occurred. Tufts himself parodied this legend in frequent appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: seated in a director's chair with his name printed on it, he would turn around to face the camera and utter a word or phrase relevant to the previous bit, in mock contempt.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 32
    In 1944 he was voted the number one "Star of Tomorrow" by exhibitors.
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  • 1942
    Age 30
    In 1942, Tufts went to Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He attained some fame during World War II, principally because, due to an old college football injury, he was one of the few handsome male actors not serving overseas in the war.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 26
    He was married to Spanish dancer Barbara Dare from 1938 to 1953, and a relative of Charles Tufts, for whom Tufts University is named.
    More Details Hide Details Tufts was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter). In a non sequitur on the cartoon show Rocky and His Friends, in the Jet Fuel Formula story arc, Bullwinkle J. Moose becomes very upset when Boris Badenov steals his autographed picture of Sonny Tufts.
  • 1935
    Age 23
    After graduating from college in 1935, he auditioned with the Metropolitan Opera in New York but eventually worked on the Broadway stage.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Born
    Born on July 16, 1911.
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